Great Podcast Episodes


Minecraft: More Than a Game – 11 Nov 2015

Why are children hooked on Minecraft? Does it stimulate creativity or disengage them?


Great Lives

Ian McKellen on Edmund Hillary – 26 Sep 2015

Sir Ian McKellen chooses Edmund Hillary for Great Lives.


NZ Business Podcast

NZ Business Podcast 24: Sir Michael Hill – 06 Mar 2017

Paul Spain talks with Sir Michael Hill and learns his real life story. In the Podcast, we hear the realities of Sir Michael’s younger years and gain insights into his incredible business success. Finally, we are offered a very specific call to action.



International Rugby Union Referee Nigel Owens – 17 Nov 2015

What is making the sport so popular today?

Neurosurgeon Dr Henry Marsh – 04 Jan 2016

Insight into the mind of a doctor from Dr Henry Marsh, neurosurgeon


RNZ: Nine To Noon

Jackie Collis Harvey – Redheadedness – 03 Feb 2016

Redheadedness is often associated with Celtic heritage, but British author Jacky Colliss Harvey says the redhead gene didn’t originate from the Celts. Her book Red explores red hair in the ancient world, through the ages and its portrayal in history, art, literature, religion and culture.

Old Ghost Road Trail – 10 Feb 2016

In the remote north West Corner of the South Island, a new back country biking and tramping track is drawing thousands of visitors.

What next for supercomputing and problem solving? – 17 Feb 2016

As the performance of computer technology becomes faster and more energy efficient, what are the possibilities for harnessing their processing power and applying it to problem solving?

Young NZ doctor’s innovations in medical information sharing – 08 Mar 2016

Divya Dhar is a doctor and social justice campaigner and entrepreneur. Raised in Auckland, and attending medical school here, she is now based in San Francisco. Dr Dhar has spent the last four years in the US, where she has recently completed a dual Master of Business Administration (majoring in healthcare management) and a Master of Public Administration degree (majoring in business and government) at the Wharton School and Harvard Kennedy School.
She is CEO and co-founder of Seratis, which has pioneered a care coordination mobile app for more efficient patient liason among healthcare providers. In 2010 Dr Dhar was named Young New Zealander of the Year and on Friday she will receive the young Alumna of the Year at the University of Auckland distinguished Alumni Awards.

The CEO Whistle-blower – 29 Apr 2016

It’s a tale of corporate corruption that reads like a thriller. A company man for 30 years uncovers a 1.7 billion dollar fraud, and wants to raise the alarm. But in this case there’s a twist! The whistle-blower is the company’s CEO. Kathryn
Ryan talks to Micheal Woodford the British Executive and former President and CEO of Olympus, the Japanese camera and endoscope maker. He has recounted his experiences in his book Exposure, and the tale has been made into a documentary, ‘Samurai and Idiots: The Olympus Affair’ which is being screened at the Documentary Edge Festival this month.

Dr Dave Baldwin: Flying doctor – 28 Jul 2016

Dr Dave Baldwin is a bush pilot and back country doctor who flies around the country performing medicals on pilots at remote airstrips and farms. He’s also an avid hunter and adventurer, many of those adventures with his son Marc. In 2009 he published his first book Healthy Bastards, which put the spotlight on men’s health and encouraged men to attend regular medical checkups. But in 2012 – his beloved son and mate Marc took his own life – which has prompted Dave Baldwin to focus on more than just physical health. He says men need to speak out about how they’re feeling and seek help. Dave’s new memoir, called The Flying Doctor, has just been published.


RNZ: Saturday Morning

Steve Bell: drawing dissent – 11 Mar 2017

Steve Bell has been principal cartoonist for the Guardian for a quarter of a century. A graduate in Fine Arts and Film from the University of Leeds, he first established a reputation with the cartoon strip ‘Maggie’s Farm’ – a ferocious serial attack on the government of Margaret Thatcher – which appeared in London’s Time Out from 1979. Two years later he began another (still running) satirical strip, ‘If’, for the Guardian newspaper. At the Guardian, Steve soon began to work as an editorial and political cartoonist alongside the New Zealand-born Les Gibbard, whom he succeeded as principal cartoonist in 1994.
Steve has produced cartoons for a range of magazines and made short animated films for the BBC and Channel 4. Four times chosen as the United Kingdom’s Cartoonist of the Year, Steve holds honorary degrees from five British universities. He’ll be visiting the University of Auckland as a Hood Fellow from 6 to 17 March.

Armando Iannucci – satirising political spin – 25 Mar 2017

Armando Iannucci is one of the most critically acclaimed British comedy writers and producers of the past 20 years. He is best known in the UK as creator and show-runner for The Thick of It, about a beleaguered minister trying to cope with the pressure imposed by his army of spin doctors.
Iannucci started as a radio producer, creating On the Hour, which in turn spawned numerous Alan Partridge, BAFTA-winning shows, which were co-written with Steve Coogan. He also created American political satire Veep. Iannucci’s latest work, a film in production called The Death of Stalin, is a comedic take on the events that transpired after the brutal strongman died in 1953. Armando Iannucci will appear at an early event (Saturday April 29th) as part of the Auckland Writer’s Festival.


RNZ: Sunday Morning

Preserving Outdoor Access – 24 Jan 2016

Philippa Tolley explores if more needs to be done to safeguard public access to the great outdoors.

Helene Wong – Being Chinese – 08 May 2016

Helene Wong was born in Taihape and grew up in Lower Hutt. In her memoir, Being Chinese – A New Zealander’s Story, she explores her personal and family history – it’s a story of Chinese identity interwoven with the country she lives in.
She talks to Wallace about the street taunts that she and other Chinese kids learned to ignore, becoming integrated and accepted into NZ society, and the struggle with the new wave of racism in the 1990s.
She tells of her experience of being the “eyes and ears” into parts of NZ society for former Prime Minister Rob Muldoon, and the unexpected depth of emotion she experienced after visiting her father’s village in China – “they said to me, this is your home”. Helene Wong is film reviewer for The Listener. She was also the first script development executive at the NZ Film Commission. She is giving the Michael King Lecture at the Auckland Writers Festival.


RNZ: This Way Up

Misadventures in tech startup land – 23 Jul 2016

Dan Lyons was a senior tech journalist who lost his job and joined a tech startup run by people half his age. As well as helping his work as a comedy writer on the hit TV series Silicon Valley, his experiences form the basis of his book ‘Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble’ (Hachette).


The Economist Radio

The Economist Asks: How to make a musical hit? – 13 May 2016

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber joins Anne McElvoy as she asks: what makes a musical a hit or a flop – and how have the economics changed?



a16z Podcast: The Art of the Regulatory Hack – 17 May 2016

If the next 20 years of startup-led tech innovation are going to be about addressing massive problems — like health, energy, transportation, cities, education, and more — it will mean more directly confronting (instead of stealthily bypassing) regulatory barriers and incumbent-driven regulatory capture challenges.
So how can startups “growth hack” in a highly regulated sector? In this episode of the a16z Podcast — the second of our podcasts from our most recent on-the-road trip in Washington, D.C. — Evan Burfield, the co-founder and co-CEO of D.C.-based global incubator 1776, outlines the techniques (really, an art form) of “regulatory hacking“. It’s not just a way to enter a market, but a way to create a market … much like Elon Musk did with Tesla: using the very system that drops lemons to make lemonade.
The technique begins by understanding informal and formal power; “power mapping” the influencers all across the chessboard (from the top down and bottom up); telling your startup brand/product story in a particular way; and then making your moves. Just as there’s a playbook for navigating Silicon Valley, there’s one for navigating D.C., argues Burfield; and while many entrepreneurs instinctively just want to get regulations out of the way, sometimes, you just need to know how to play the game.